The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
By Liz Jensen
(Bloomsbury USA, Paperback, 9781582344577, 240pp.)
Publication Date: January 10, 2006
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Louis Drax is a boy like no other. He is brilliant and strange, and every year something violent seems to happen to him. On his ninth birthday, Louis goes on a picnic with his parents and falls off a cliff. The details are shrouded in mystery. Louis's mother is shell-shocked; his father has vanished. And after some confusion Louis himself, miraculously alive but deep in a coma, arrives at Dr. Pascal Dannachet's celebrated coma clinic…Full of astonishing twists and turns, this is a masterful tale of the secrets the human mind can hide.
Liz Jensen is the acclaimed author of four other novels, most recently War Crimes for the Home. She lives in London.